Market focus: Government & municipal security

A roundup of recent security applications and installations

The initial phase will include dozens of doors and areas in the city's William F. Wolcott Jr. Public Works Building, City Hall, Asheville Police Department Firing Range, and the Municipal Building, which houses the police and fire departments, according to Kevin Hymel, the city's technical services manager. Once the initial phase is completed, the 226-year-old city of 78,000 people will incorporate additional buildings into the scalable system over the next several years. "From an information technology (IT) perspective, using this enterprise-based access control system will give us unprecedented redundancy with an additional fail-over server that automatically takes over in the event we have any server-related issues," Hymel says.

Parking lots and other remote outdoor areas will use wireless transmission instead of cost-intensive trenching and cabling typically associated with closed circuit television (CCTV) surveillance. Wireless will also increase security and accountability at the firing range by replacing conventional locks with electronic key and lock cylinders that record and report all door events in ancillary areas to the centralized access control software.

The new system will also save money by requiring only one proximity ID badge, instead of the several badges required by the city's earlier access control systems.

Dublin, Ohio

The city of Dublin, Ohio, has selected the XProtect Enterprise Video Management Software (VMS) from Milestone Systems to provide centralized security management for city officials.

An earlier analog surveillance in Dublin did not provide clear video evidence, so they installed a wireless IP video system with the help of Milestone Partner Northwestern Ohio Security Systems. The VMS is running on two HP Proliant Servers with 14TB HP storage arrays, Cisco network infrastructure, and about 60 network video cameras from Axis and IQeye megapixel cameras from IQinVision.

"The network mapping and wireless approach allow us to use the cameras remotely from the central station," says Jay Somerville, Technical Services Bureau Director at the Dublin Ohio Division of Police.

The Police and other city officials all have access to the Milestone client interface: 61 police and 17 dispatch personnel are using it currently. Sharing information is a much more streamlined process.

Dublin started with the network cameras at the Dublin Recreation Center and the Dublin Police Department, converting the rest of the city buildings over the course of the next two years, with further plans to add video-integrated access control. Somerville says that the school district is also looking at implementing the same solution.

Federal Government Briefs:

- The U.S. Coast Guard has selected AtHoc IWSAlerts to protect more than 100 Coast Guard facilities, ranging from headquarters, to districts, down to sectors and local stations.

- Morpho Detection Inc. has signed a contract with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for several hundred Itemiser DX explosive trace detection systems (ETD). The unit simultaneously detects positive and negative ions using a single detector. The systems are expected to be deployed to airport checkpoints across the United States to replace and upgrade current units.

- American Science & Engineering has received orders for its X-ray screening systems from several U.S. Government entities to support counter-terrorism missions, including U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

- SightLogix Inc. has completed the second year of a two-year U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program (CEDAP) contract. For its role in the program, SightLogix has provided its long-range, wireless perimeter surveillance and scene monitoring Rapid Deployment Kit, along with product training and technical support to public safety agencies across the nation.

- The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has rolled out the CrewPASS electronic identification service from ARINC for airline crews. With recently added biometric fingerprint scans, the service is designed to give working airline crews expedited clearance through TSA security checkpoints.